How utterly tragic it is to find young men who died right at the end of war, just weeks before armistice. Today, we remember Alexander Gillespie, one of 14 men honoured on the Auchentibber War Memorial.
It seems fitting to post this today, not just because the memorial is being renovated but today is exactly 100 years to the day since Alexander died.
Alexander Gillespie aged 20 died 6 September 1918 in Berlin. On information on a Roll of Honour he is listed as being a Prisoner of War. Records say he died of his wounds. Alexander (Alex) was born in Hamilton and his parents have been listed as living at 19 Dykehead Rows, which were just beyond where the memorial is sited. Born in 1898, he served with the Gordon Highlanders and was very much a local man to the Auchentibber area and would have been well known in such a small community.
Blantyre remembers you Alexander and the sacrifice you made for us. With thanks to Alex Rochead for the information in this article.